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Helping All of Us Deal with Trauma 
In light of recent events we at VPS make the following resources available to you:


VARIOUS RESOURCES ON TALKING TO CHILDREN AND OTHERS ABOUT TRAUMA


Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND TEACHERS

En Espanol
Consejos para hablarles a los niños y a los jóvenes que sufren eventos traumáticos

Helpful Hints for School Emergency Management:
Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect – Model & Teach


Listen, Protect, Connect – Model and Teach
Psychological First Aid for Teacher and Students


After a Loved One Dies – how children grieve and how parents and other adults can support them

School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis

From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Helping Parents and Caregivers Identify "What is Child Traumatic Stress?"

For educators. Identifying CTS in school setting

For the Press from University of Washington

These resources were developed by the University of Washington on how journalists can and should best cover mental illness:
This is a printable PDF version: http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/]http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/dbhr/mhtg/Publicationfinal.pdf
This is an HTML version: http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/[/url]

Disaster Helpline from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746to get help and supportfor any distress that you or someoneyou care about may be feeling related to any disaster.
The Helpline and Text Service are:
• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round
• Free (standard data/text messaging rates may apply for the texting service)
• Answered by trained crisis counselors.

TTY for Deaf / Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
Spanish-speakers:

Para ayuda en español Text “Hablanos” to 66746


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Mental Exercise Good For ADHD, Alheimer's, Brain Injury, Learning Disorders 
In this day of financial uncertainty and need for a mental edge in order to pay the bills, consider 10 minutes a day of challenging your brain. This is good for all whether you have a type of brain related problem or you are wanting to stave off normal memory loss. If you can help someone who is literally losing their mind (see link:ALZ Article ), then it stands to reason that it should be good for you. But don't just take my word for it! Give it a try! Here are some free sites that I recommend:

Digit Span Game (track results/like pricey BrainBuilder below, but free)

NEW!: Luminosity, Personalized Brain Games

NEW!!: Brain Gym, Personalized

Third Age Games

Tips from Alzheimer's Association

Free Mental Games1 Read More...

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TRANSLATE THIS PAGE 
To translate this page from English to Spanish (or any other language) click here!!

¡Para traducir esta página lengua inglés-español (o otra lengua) clic aquí!

Then copy the URL for the page you want to translate and paste it in the appropriate section of the Yahoo web page (where you see the "http://")

Entonces copie el URL para la página que usted quiere traducirla y poner en la sección apropiada del Web page de Yahoo (donde usted ve el " http://")

WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THE TRANSLATION TURNS OUT.
¡No podemos ser responsables de cómo la traducción resulta!

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MENTAL HEALTH COALITION MEETING!!!!!!! 
Mental Health Coalition
Of The Rio Grande Valley
NEXT MEETING ON
THURSDAY, September 22nd, 2011


6pm at Tropical Texas, 2nd Floor


Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in the Latino-American Family


Dr. Iran Barrera, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor, UTPA Department of Social Work



Please come and provide your input:
a) for next year's public mental health conference
b) to learn about our key project
c) to Join our Organization

Sponsored by:
Mental Health Coalition
of the Rio Grande Valley
No cost, no obligation, just free information and networking.
mhc_rgv@yahoo.com

OFFICIAL MENTAL HEALTH COALITION WEBSITE!!!
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We want any organization to come that has something to contribute to the concerns listed above. This includes but is not limited to Law Enforcement , Hospitals , Ambulance Services , Day Cares , Therapists , Community Centers , Arts Programs , Recreation Directors , Service Directors , IT experts , Social Service Directors , Faith-based programs, GRANT WRITERS, healthcare providers, educators , family members, healthcare consumers , and Legislators !.

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The Mental Health Coalition Of The Rio Grande Valley is a newly formed organization that has the support of the local mental health authority, private mental health services, law enforcement, the courts, local politicians, the public defender’s office, local Justice of the Peace, consumers of mental health services, local providers, family members of those afflicted with mental health problems, local advocacy groups and many more. The aim of this group is to make a significant difference in some of the biggest problems we face as a community including local clinical services for those with mental health needs, including transportation and legal issues. We are a 501©3 organization able to handle non-profit initiatives and receive tax-deductible gifts. Our Mailing Address is:
Mental Health Coalition of the RGV, 5111 N. 10th St.
#336, McAllen, TX 78504


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NEW RESOURCE FOR VALLEY VETS 
Valley Vets get a new resource in website that informs them of their local, state, and national resources. Please check it out!

RGV Veterans Website!

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